Suffolk County police are investigating the discovery of an unidentified female body found Saturday morning next to a Central Islip road, authorities said.
A passing motorist spotted the body 5 feet off Pinewood Avenue, near Connetquot Avenue, about 7:30 a.m., Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick, commander of the police department's Homicide Squad, said at the scene.
He added it's unclear whether the woman's death resulted from a hit-and-run accident or other criminal activity.
The body lay just blocks from where a 19-year-old mother and her 2-year-old son -- victims of gang violence -- were found in February 2010.
"There is no reason to believe that it is associated with that [February 2010] case," Fitzpatrick said, adding that it's "too early" to tell whether this recent death is gang-related.
The investigation is continuing, police said.
Luis Rivera, 50, of Central Islip, said Pinewood Avenue is dangerous for pedestrians. Rivera was hit by a car eight years ago not far from the scene, he said.
"People speed through this street at night drunk or high," said Rivera, who has lived on Pinewood for nine years. "They should put speed bumps here."
Other neighbors, however, said the wooded area just off the street is also cause for concern. People often dump garbage and furniture in the woods, said Betty Villalobos, 43, of Central Islip.
"The best thing to do is close off that area because it's a forest," Villalobos said. "I don't even go down the street because it's too dark. I am afraid."